Alexandria (LA) Attorney Greg Aymond missed the mark with his “nigga thug” posting

By Leonard Ford
Columnist for The Light

In your day-to-day movement in and around Central Louisiana, have any of you, by any chance, run into some “nigga street thugs?” Your answer could be a “yes” or “no.”

According to the Urban Dictionary’s Web site, a “nigga thug” is someone who is poor, uneducated, and unable to find or hold a job because of his low intelligence level. A “nigga thug” is also a street-smart person who most of the time lives in the “hood,” is very hardcore, has never learned that acting like a thug just makes him/her look like a total asshole to most people, and tends to only hang out with other “nigga thugs.”

What’s your point Leonard? Apparently, Greg Aymond, a local white attorney in November on his Web blog, called seven professional blacks “nigga thugs.” The seven are Attorney Bridgett Brown, City Councilman-at-large Myron Lawson, Councilman Everett Hobbs, Councilman Ed Larvadain III, Councilman-at-large Roosevelt Johnson, Councilman Jonathan Goins, and Attorney Kelvin Sanders. By definition, nobody in this group meets the criteria. In fact, everyone in this group is well known for helping and not hurting the city in which they are active community residents.

On the other hand, Aymond, according to his Web blog, actively participated in the Ku Klux Klan in 1979. He says he withdrew his membership after a few months.

The First Amendment affords Aymond the right to say what he wants to say, but does calling these seven Alexandrians “nigga street thugs” makes what comes out of his mouth right. You be the judge of that.

I can only assume that Aymond labeled these seven blacks such because he somehow believes they are trying to use their positions in the community and/or on the Alexandria City Council to exploit city government into spending money for major infrastructure improvements in the black neighborhoods.

I may be way out of line in my presumption, but I can’t think of any other reason for his writings.

Here’s the thing. Why is it that when a group of black individuals, especially if they are involved in city government, are looked at more closely and picked apart for coming together to discuss issues that relates to the black districts of Alexandria? That seems to be the norm as of late. When white individuals, who were involved in city government got together to discuss issues relating to the white districts of Alexandria, no one said anything about it. They were seen as the good guys just doing their job. But that’s the way it is here in Alexandria. Black equates to bad, and white equates to good.

It appears that ever since the makeup of the Alexandria City Council became majority black, Aymond has been keeping his eyes glued to city government. I guess he has appointed himself as watchdog to keep everybody in line, especially these seven blacks and others that he seems to have disdain for. He fails to realize that those whites in city government also must be watched, as they are not exempt from wrongdoing. I believe that he knows that, but prefers not to bring it to light. Right is right, and fair is fair. If we have “nigga street thugs,” then I’m sure that Aymond knows just as I know that we also have “cracker street thugs,” “redneck street thugs,” and “honkie street thugs.” Why not list their pictures on his Web site?

Yes, Alexandria has its share of “nigga thugs.” Please don’t get mad at me for saying so because it isn’t as if you didn’t know that already. But Bridgett, Myron, Everett, Ed, Roosevelt, Kelvin, and Jonathan hardly fit the profile of a “nigga thug.”

For Greg Aymond to say otherwise is asinine.”

Zion Hill Church ready to open $6 million Family Life Center

The Light's Nov. 15 cover

Zion Hill Baptist Church in Pineville will open its Family Life Center with four days of celebration events starting Dec. 4. Read all about the $6 million center. Click here: Pages 1-8 Pages 9-16

The Light celebrates National Pastors Month

Inside this issue The Light takes a look at women pastors and how they juggle their many roles as mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and pastors.
Also, read how District 3 Councilman-elect Jonathan Goins is preparing to represent on the Alexandria City Council.

Oct. 15, Pages 1-8 The Light, Oct. 15, Pages 9-16

Louisiana Supreme Court refused to hear Smith vs. Goins

I received word earlier today that the Louisiana Supreme Court refused to hear Charles F. Smith’s case arguing that Jonathan Goins doesn’t live in Alexandria Council District 3 and should be disqualified from running in the Oct. 4 election.

Smith, who represents District 3, lost an appeal in the Third Circuit Court, which affirmed 9th Judicial District Court Judge Rae Swent, who ruled that Goins, an attorney, does spend significant enough time at a Juliet Street residence, which is in District 3.

Smith said Goins lives in an apartment complex located off of Louisiana Highway 28 West. Goins doesn’t deny that he has the apartment. He does argue that Juliet Street is his main residence.

Charles F. Smith takes case to Louisiana Supreme Court

Alexandria City Councilman Charles F. Smith has taken his case against Attorney Jonathan Goins to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Smith, who had 48 hours after the Third Circuit Court affirmed Judge Rae Swent’s decision qualifying Goins to run in the Oct. 4 election, filed the appeal today.

Smith and his attorneys Eugene P. Circardo Jr. and George Gaiennie III, claims Goins doesn’t live in the District 3 and should be allowed to seek the District 3 seat.

Judge Swent in her ruling agrees that Goins does indeed spend most of his time at a Provine Street apartment, but that he maintains his residency at the Juliet Street home, which is in District 3.

Smith says that the city charter maintains that a candidate must live in a district at least two years before they are qualified to run for office.

In a decision handed down Thursday, July 31, the Third Circuit Court ruled that the “terms residence and domicile are not synonymuos, and although a person can have several residences, that person can have only one domicle.”

Third Circuit Court affirms Judge Swent’s ruling in Smith vs. Goins

Today, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Ninth Judicial Court Judge Rae Swent’s ruling that allows Jonathan Goins to run against Charles F. Smith for the District 3 council seat.

Smith and his attorneys contend that Goins doesn’t live in the District 3 area, but instead lives in an apartment complex off of Louisiana Highway 28 West.

Click here for the ruling:LA Third Circuit Court ruling on Smith vs. Goins

Charles F. Smith appeals Judge Swent’s decision about Goins qualification to run for District 3 council seat

Attorneys for Councilman Charles F. Smith today filed an appeal in the 3rd Circuit Court in an effort to overturn 9th Judicial Court Judge Rae Swent decision that allows Jonathan Goins to run for the Alexandria City Council seat that represents District 3.

On Wednesday, July 23, Swent ruled in Goins favor. Smith maintains that Goins doesn’t live in a Juliet Street home, which is in District 3. Smith claims Goins lives in an apartment off of Louisiana Highway 28 West.

Swent found that Goins does indeed spend lots of time at his apartment, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t maintain Juliet Street as his primary residence.